What's In My Bar?
The ingredients in each bar are listed individually under each product. Ingredients labels will also be found on each product sent to you. Rush Organics products are chemical free. We don't use artificial fragrances - even though essential oils are a natural substance some can contain naturally occurring allergens*. Our ingredients are all 100% vegan and cruelty free. We do not use SLS, palm oil or parabens in any of our products.
Possible allergens include, but not limited to;
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Kiwi Seed Oil*
- Banana Powder*
- Vitamin E
- Natural Fragrances
- Mango butter
- Blueberry Fruit Extract
- Avocado Oil*
- Lavender Extract
- Cinnamon Oil
- Coconut oil/butter
- Strawberry Extract
It is our responsibility to ensure that all ingredients are listed clearly. It is the consumer's responsibility to check the ingredients list before purchasing a product.
If you do get a rare reaction to one of our products, please rinse the affected area thoroughly in warm water and do not use the bar again.
*If you are allergic to latex, please be aware of the latex-fruit syndrome. This is the association of latex allergy and allergy to plant-derived foods. An increasing number of plant sources, such as avocado, banana, chestnut, kiwi, peach, tomato, potato and bell pepper, have been associated with this syndrome.
Although the word “allergen” doesn’t appear in the EU Cosmetic Regulation, the 26 substances listed in Annex III of the Regulation are known for their allergenic potential and are under the regulatory framework because of it. An allergen is commonly defined as “any substance, often a protein, that induces an allergy”.
The paragraph 49 of Regulation 1223/2009 of the Preamble states: “A number of substances have been identified by the SCCS as likely to cause allergic reactions and it will be necessary to restrict their use and/or impose certain conditions concerning them. In order to ensure that consumers are adequately informed, the presence of these substances should be mentioned in the list of ingredients and consumers’ attention should be drawn to the presence of these ingredients. This information should improve the diagnosis of contact allergies among consumers and should enable them to avoid the use of cosmetic products which they do not tolerate. For substances which are likely to cause allergy to a significant part of the population, other restrictive measures such as a ban or a restriction of concentration should be considered.”
Usually, allergens that have the most allergenic potential are contained in fragrances. In this optic, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published a factsheet where they explain that 1 to 3% of the European population have an allergy due to fragrance ingredients. In this opinion, the SCCS goes beyond the actual Regulation, and has identified 30 individual chemicals in addition to the 26 natural extracts listed by the Cosmetics Regulation. An update is expected for 2016-2017, and over 90 substances would then be regulated more strictly.
We have changed some of our main ingredients due to more suitable alternatives being available.
- We no longer use phenoxyethanol. We have moved to Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment filtrate. It’s not as effective as phenoxyethanol, however it is safer and more natural.
- Although Cetrimonium Methosulfate is not a sulphate, it is a gentle conditioning agent. We have actually started using Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine which is a natural silicone replacement made from rapeseed.
- We use Polyquaternium 7 (PQ-7) as it is not considered a micro-plastic or liquid plastic. It is a stable polymer that is available in liquid form. Its adhesive properties help it attach to the hair. However, this attachment is only temporary and physical in nature, and only happens on the surface of the hair filaments. Washed off PQ-7 will decompose during the communal sewage water treatment procedure, and won’t be released into any natural water. The only alternative is Honeyquat which is not vegan. PQ-7 has undergone many research tests and is deemed safe for use in cosmetics, and is not toxic.
- We have since found Rice and Barley Quat which are suitable alternatives. Our next batches of products that contain PQ-7, will be replaced with Rice/Barley Quat.